|Publication number||US8108444 B1|
|Application number||US 10/866,482|
|Publication date||Jan 31, 2012|
|Filing date||Jun 12, 2004|
|Priority date||Jun 12, 2004|
|Publication number||10866482, 866482, US 8108444 B1, US 8108444B1, US-B1-8108444, US8108444 B1, US8108444B1|
|Inventors||John H. Yoakum, Philip Edholm|
|Original Assignee||Rockstar Bidco, LP|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (7), Referenced by (1), Classifications (4), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to communications, and in particular to establishing buddy lists in association with information vehicles, such as word processing or spreadsheet documents and email.
People who collaborate on or in relation to various emails or documents often need to interact with one another through various communication mediums, including telephone or conference sessions, as well as instant messaging and the like. In many instances, the involved parties will find it desirable to have several of the interested parties involved in a multi-party interactive communication session. Unfortunately, it is often difficult and cumbersome to identify all interested parties and determine how best to communicate with them. Not only is it often difficult to find the various telephone numbers, addresses, and the like for the interested parties, there is no guarantee that the interested parties will be available without prior planning. Further, certain parties, if available, may only be available through specific communication channels. For example, an interested party who is traveling may only be available via mobile telephone.
Accordingly, there is a need for a way to facilitate communications with those parties associated with an information vehicle, such as an electronic document, email, or the like. There is a further need to determine the relative availability of the interested parties for establishing a communication or conference session. There is a need to provide these features in a user-friendly and efficient manner.
The present invention creates a buddy list in association with an information vehicle, such as a word processing document, presentation document, or email. The buddy list is created from contacts associated with the information vehicle, and includes communication information such as directory numbers or communication addresses, which are sufficient to establish communications with the contacts. Accordingly, the buddy list may be displayed to a user, and upon the selection of one or more contacts, communication sessions may be established with the selected contact or contacts. Presence information bearing on the relative availability of the contacts may be supported in the buddy list, such that the user can readily determine whether a particular contact is available or determine the best way in which to communicate with the particular contact by viewing the buddy list. The presence information may be periodically updated or may be updated when a particular contact is selected.
The buddy list may be provided by the application supporting the information vehicle or in a separate application that coordinates with the application supporting the information vehicle. Further, the buddy list may be created each time the information vehicle is opened and cleared when the information vehicle is closed. In one embodiment, multiple buddy lists may be associated with a given information vehicle. The contacts associated with the information vehicle may be divided into different categories, which correspond to the different buddy lists.
Those skilled in the art will appreciate the scope of the present invention and realize additional aspects thereof after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments in association with the accompanying drawing figures.
The accompanying drawing figures incorporated in and forming a part of this specification illustrate several aspects of the invention, and together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention.
The embodiments set forth below represent the necessary information to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention and illustrate the best mode of practicing the invention. Upon reading the following description in light of the accompanying drawing figures, those skilled in the art will understand the concepts of the invention and will recognize applications of these concepts not particularly addressed herein. It should be understood that these concepts and applications fall within the scope of the disclosure and the accompanying claims.
The present invention enables the dynamic creation of buddy lists in association with an information vehicle to enable interactive communications among the various entities within the buddy list. An information vehicle may take any number of forms, including email, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and the like, which tend to be shared or worked on in a collaborate fashion by two or more people. For a given information vehicle, individuals are identified as being associated with the document and used to create the buddy list. The buddy list may include communication addresses, such as directory numbers, addresses, and the like, which are used to establish communications with the respective individuals. In select embodiments, the relative availability, or presence information, associated with the individuals may be provided or used to determine appropriate communication information to use when establishing communications.
The function used to create the buddy list may be associated with the application supporting the information vehicle, or may be provided in a separate application that is capable of interacting with the application supporting the information vehicle. The individuals associated with the information vehicle may be found from information provided in the information vehicle or by accessing another document or database in which interested individuals are identified.
The buddy list may be displayed to a user on the computing device supporting the information vehicle and its associated applications or on another device associated with the user. As such, the user can readily view all of the numbers in the buddy list and perhaps their communication information for establishing communications and any available presence information. The presence information may simply indicate whether or not a certain individual in the buddy list is available for communications, or may provide the communication information that should be used when establishing a communication session with the individual. When presence information is used, the communication information may change from time to time as the corresponding individual moves from one location to another, or as her relative availability changes. For additional information on the collection and use of presence information, attention is directed to co-assigned U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 10/100,703 filed Mar. 19, 2004 entitled MONITORING NATURAL INTERACTION FOR PRESENCE DETECTION; 10/101,286 filed Mar. 19, 2002 entitled CUSTOMIZED PRESENCE INFORMATION DELIVERY; 10/119,923 filed Apr. 10, 2002 entitled PRESENCE INFORMATION BASED ON MEDIA ACTIVITY; and 10/119,783 filed Apr. 10, 2002 entitled PRESENCE INFORMATION SPECIFYING COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entireties.
Prior to delving into the details of the present invention, an overview of an exemplary communication environment and a computing device according to select embodiments of the present invention are illustrated in
An exemplary computing device 18 is illustrated in
The present invention creates a buddy list from the contacts associated with an information vehicle. Each of the contacts in the buddy list is associated with communication information, which represents the information necessary to establish communications with the particular contact. For example, the communication information may include a directory number, address, or the like, which is used to initiate and establish communications with the contact. When the information vehicle is active on a particular computing device 18, preferably the productivity application 24 or a separate buddy list function 26 will display the associated contact to the user, and when the user selects a particular contact from the buddy list, the computing device 18 will cooperate with the communication client 14 to initiate communications to the particular contact or contacts, if multiple contacts are selected. Communication may be established concurrently with multiple people in the buddy list (any subset or the entire group) via voice, instant messaging, or the like. Thus, the selection of multiple contacts would result in a conferencing scenario using the appropriate communication means.
In another embodiment, presence information bearing on the relative availability of the contact is accessed and displayed with the buddy list such that the user can determine whether or not a particular contact is available for communications by simply viewing the buddy list or selecting the contact for the presence information. The presence information may be obtained from an available presence system (not shown). Additional information on presence systems and the provision of presence information is provided in the previously incorporated references.
An exemplary flow diagram for creating and displaying a buddy list in association with an information vehicle is provided in
At this point, the buddy list may be displayed in association with the information vehicle either within the same window, in a toolbar associated with an application running the information vehicle, or in a separate window associated with a different application that is dedicated to providing the buddy list function 26, or in a separate device associated with the user with which the information vehicle can communicate, when the buddy list function 26 is not incorporated in the information vehicle (step 110). The buddy list may be displayed in any number of ways and may be associated with various types of information, including communication information, presence information, or a combination thereof. Further, various icons or information display techniques may be used to effectively combine the display of each. For example, different icons or text may be associated with each contact and the text may be highlighted when the presence information is favorable for reaching the contact and not highlighted when the presence information is indicative that the contact is unavailable. When presence information is not used, the buddy list may simply be a list of the contacts, wherein the actual directory numbers or addresses are hidden but used when selected to establish a communication session with the computing device 18 or an associated telephony device. Alternatively, the actual directory numbers, addresses, or other communication information may form the buddy list, wherein the communication information represents the contact. Again, those skilled in the art will recognize numerous techniques for formatting and providing the contact list, communication information, and any available presence information to the user.
Turning now to
The buddy list may be stored in association with the information vehicle or may be generated each time the information vehicle is opened. When the buddy list is recreated each time the information vehicle is opened, once the computing device 18 detects the closing of the information vehicle (step 300), the buddy list may be cleared (step 302), as illustrated in
Notably, multiple buddy lists may be associated with an information vehicle. The different buddy lists may represent different categories of individuals or entities interested in the particular information vehicle. For example, if the information vehicle is an email, each of the primary participants, which are those listed in the “To:” field, may form a first buddy list, wherein individuals that are in the “Cc:” field or “Bcc:” field are provided in a second buddy list.
From the above, the present invention may take various forms; however, the creation of a buddy list of associated contacts for an information vehicle is created and displayed in association with the information vehicle. The buddy list may be integrated within the window or toolbar of the application providing the information vehicle, or in a separate application or window, or displayed on a separate device associated with the user of the information vehicle. The buddy list may indicate the relative availability of the contact, but will generally be associated with communication information sufficient to initiate and establish a communication session between the computing device 18 running the information vehicle or an associated telephony device and a remote device associated with the communication information of the contact selected.
Those skilled in the art will recognize improvements and modifications to the preferred embodiments of the present invention. All such improvements and modifications are considered within the scope of the concepts disclosed herein and the claims that follow.
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|International Classification||G06F7/00, G06F17/30|
|Jun 12, 2004||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: NORTEL NETWORKS LIMITED, CANADA
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Owner name: ROCKSTAR BIDCO, LP, NEW YORK
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Owner name: ROCKSTAR CONSORTIUM US LP, TEXAS
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